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Chapter 1
Formation of Communities

  1. The Lay Carmelite Order is a true branch of the Carmelite Order and as such is under the jurisdiction of the Prior General of the Order. As the spiritual father, head and sign of unity of the family, he delegates the care and spiritual good of the Lay Carmelites of each Province to the local Provincial and his Council. In our provinces, the Provincial further delegates his authority and the care of the Lay Carmelites to the Provincial Director and his associates.
  2. A Lay Carmelite community is set up by the Prior General of the Order who issues a Charter for its establishment, having obtained the previous written consent of the Ordinary of the diocese in which it is established.
  3. In a "developing" community or in small communities of up to 12 members, all members will share responsibility with the director and chaplain on all matters of community concern. In developing communities, the director shall be appointed by the chaplain. When there is either no chaplain or one not taking an active part in the community, then the director is chosen by the majority decision of all the members. The director and chaplain shall appoint the Formation Director.

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